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This Is The One Thing That People Never Understand About Cats

You probably don’t know your cat as well as you think you do. According to a recent survey of cat owners in the UK, most people are pretty clueless about their cats’ lives.


Fill This Tiny Toy Aquarium With Immortal Fish You Draw Yourself

If your attempts to own and care for a pet fish have resulted in a non-stop procession of toilet-side funerals, this new aquarium from Takara Tomy should help boost your success rate. It’s filled with colourful virtual fish you draw and colour yourself that will only die if your smartphone does.


Don't Watch This Film About A Dog Unless You Want To Cry

First, Ben Moon’s dog helped him survive a fight against cancer. Then, Denali succumbed to the disease himself. This film about their life together is incredibly moving.


Scientists To Sequence Lil Bub's Genome

A team of geneticists is ready to unlock the secrets behind Internet celebrity cat Lil Bub’s unique appearance. Lil Bub, whose full name is Lillian Bubbles (her friends call her Bub), may be the most recognisable cat on the Web. Although Bub is an adult now, she still looks like a kitten, with wide green eyes and short legs and her tongue sticks out, giving her a perpetual happy-go-lucky expression.


Robot Dogs Will Replace Pets In Super-Dense Cities

Keeping a pet healthy requires resources and open space, and in the cities of the future both may be at such a premium that live pets will become a thing of the past. Australian researcher Jean-Loup Rault suggests robotic and virtual-reality pets may replace the real thing.


Dogs Follow People Across Billboards In This Clever Adoption Campaign

The most effective tool an animal shelter has it when it comes to getting pets adopted is the animals themselves. So the Battersea Dogs & Cat Home, a shelter in the UK, created a brilliant ad campaign that had dogs following potential owners from billboard to billboard as they walked through a shopping mall.


Treat-Dispensing Chew Toys That Fit Your Dog's Tennis Ball Launcher

If you’re a pet owner who’s truly devoted to their dog, then your pup probably has more chew toys than it knows what to do with. But there’s a good reason to consider adding one — or three — more to its collection. Not only are these new Paww dog toys durable, they also randomly dispense treats, and are designed to be launched with the same contraptions you use to fling tennis balls. So they might just replace all of your pup’s favourite possessions.


Japan Is Holding Actual Funerals For Sony's Robotic AIBO Dogs

When a decades old toy breaks down and stops working with no hope of repair, you usually just toss it or find some way to recycle the parts. But what if you’re as attached to that toy as you were a pet? In Japan, people are giving Sony’s robot AIBO dog actual funerals to say goodbye to their faithful, electronic companions.


It's OK To Be A Crazy Cat Lady When All Your Felines Are Robots

Most people look down on what’s become known as ‘crazy cat ladies’ but it has less to do with the state of their mental health, and more about the impossible task of keeping a house full of felines clean. But what if those cats didn’t need a litter box, never destroyed the furniture, and were immune to hair balls? That’s why Spin Master’s new robotic Zoomer Kitty is so wonderful, it promises to give a good name to crazy cat ladies everywhere.


Caring For A Pet Jellyfish Is A Lot Easier When It's A Robot

If you have trouble keeping a goldfish alive in a simple bowl, the odds of you successfully maintaining a jellyfish are slim to none. But why go to the trouble of setting up a saltwater tank, acclimatising your new pets, and feeding them planktonic eggs when Hexbug now has a perfectly believable robotic jellyfish Aquabot to entertain you?